A baby girl who partially lost her hearing due to medical complications has heard the voices of her mother and sister for the first time.
Little Scarlet Benjamin was born three months early and was diagnosed with necrotising enterocolitis, a serious intestinal disease that affects premature babies.
“The antibiotics that she needed cause hearing loss,” Scarlet’s mum Carol wrote on Facebook.
“She reacts to most sounds so we thought she could hear fairly well. After what I witnessed today, it was not as well as I thought!”
In the video, Scarlet sits on her mum’s lap while her sister stands in front of her.
With her new hearing aids fitted, Scarlet’s sister says, “baby sister, baby sister” – and within seconds Scarlet’s face lights up.
The baby’s infectious giggle even surprises Carol, who wipes away tears in disbelief.
“You can hear me!” Carol says, as Scarlet turns to face her and continues laughing.
The heartwarming scenes have been viewed more than 200,000 times on Facebook, with hundreds of viewers leaving comments of support.
“I am so happy for your sweet baby!” one woman wrote.
“This baby made my day. That laughter is contagious. I’m so glad she can hear. She’s a beautiful baby and has had a great big sister!” another woman said.
“Such a precious sight to see,” a Facebook user wrote.
Carol wrote that the event marked “one of the absolute best days of our lives”.
“By the way, I’m crying, you’re crying, everyone is crying!”
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